Mostly Credited As: Peggie Castle
Sometimes Credited As: Peggie Blair
Birth Name: Peggy Thomas Blair
Date Of Birth: December 22, 1927 (Age 45)
Country Of Birth: USA
Birth Place: Appalachia, Virginia
Date Of Death: August 11, 1973
Cause Of Death: Cirrhosis of the Liver
Height: 5' 7" (1.7 m)
B-movie actress of the 1950's best remembered by TV viewers for her role as saloon owner Lily Merrill on the ABC western Lawman. Peggie retired from show biz after Lawman went off the air and the birth of her daughter, Erin, but sadly her life took a tragic turn for the worse. Addictions to pills and alcohol along with mental problems and a messy divorce all led to a long, hard fall in her personal life though there were signs that she was trying to get herself in order. In 1973, after the death of her mother, Peggie underwent treatment for alcoholism at the California State Hospital in Norwalk and reportedly was in the process of reconciling with third husband William McGarry but sadly a second chance never happened. Peggie was found dead in her Hollywood apartment by McGarry on August 11, 1973. Cause of death was given as cirrhosis of the liver.
|Lawman (1958)||As: Lily Merrill (S02-S04)|
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Underwent alcohol rehab in the same hospital where Bela Lugosi had undergone treatment for morphine addiction in 1956.
From the same hometown as former Detroit Tigers outfielder Willie Horton, New York Times reporter Don Whitehead, and 1964 Olympic sprinter Olan Cassell.
First Hollywood screen test was with future Lawman co-star John Russell.
Had a daughter with third husband William McGarry named Erin.
Reportedly discovered by a Hollywood talent scout while eating a shrimp cocktail in a restaurant.
A resident of Peggie's hometown, Appalachia, Virginia, recently wrote a two act play on her life based on actual letters written by Peggie to her favorite aunt in Appalachia.
Parents names were Doyle and Mildred Blair.
Dated actor/war hero Audie Murphy for a time in the early 1950's.
Frequently sang in Lawman although she'd never had a singing lesson in her life.
Final movie appearance was in the 1958 film Seven Hills of Rome in which Peggie co-starred with famed tenor Mario Lanza.
Peggie Castle Quotes
Peggie: (after being cast in an awful B-movie with a terrible script and working conditions) Who do I have to sleep with to get out of this picture?